Southeast Mo. town closer to federal buyout

Feb 26, 2014

Coast Guard reservists look for areas threatened by flooding near Dexter, Mo. following the flooding in May of 2011.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via Flickr

A tiny southeast Missouri town prone to frequent flooding from the Mississippi River is one step closer to a long-awaited federal buyout.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the village of Dutchtown on Monday received a $208,000 community development grant to help buy properties damaged by heavy flooding in 2011.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency had already approved nearly $800,000 toward the buyout. But FEMA rules require a 25 percent local match.

Dutchtown resident Doyle Parmer says the buyout could include up to 13 properties. The town has fewer than 100 residents.